Common Core Deserves a Better Implementation

Common Core Deserves a Better Implementation

Common Core, the latest reconfiguration of education in the United States, is causing confusion and frustration for many public schools, teachers, and parents. While it was meant to bring consistent standards and benchmarks, in both English language arts and math, to every school in America the implementation of the tests and standards has not been seamless or received positive feedback. In 2009, the National Governors Association (NGA) met to create the Common Core standards for English language arts and mathematics for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The NGA stated…

Understanding the of Attention Spans of Elementary Aged Students

Understanding the of Attention Spans of Elementary Aged Students

Teaching students of any age group can be a challenge. However, from my experience, elementary aged students are the most difficult to tutor due to their shorter attention spans. Although very few people enjoy the idea of sitting down and studying for a few hours, this actual process is nearly impossible for younger children. If you are finding it challenging to help your child study, tutor a student, or work with kids in a classroom setting, the following information might be helpful to you. I have found it to be…

How To Prep For SAT (A simple guideline I followed)

How To Prep For SAT (A simple guideline I followed)

The date of your SAT test is looming ever closer, and you are beginning to sweat bullets because you don’t feel prepared. Thankfully, there are many things that you can do to prepare for that big test and pull off a great score. Since your future education opportunities will depend in part on your SAT score, it is important that you take your test seriously. Here are the top 5 ways you can prepare for the upcoming SAT and get a score that you can be proud of. 1. Take…

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

Finding a good activity that will keep your children continually interested in outside can be a tough endeavor. Gardening is a great way to engage your children in the great outdoors while also providing them with an educational activity and creative outlet. I don’t know about you, but I think gardening may be one of the best activities out there for kids. However, you want to be careful that your children will have a positive experience and that their plants will flourish and not end up as a withered pile…

Seven Tips For Getting Your Child Ready For Kindergarten

Seven Tips For Getting Your Child Ready For Kindergarten

Walking your child into school on their first day of kindergarten can be an emotional experience for both you and your son or daughter.  A wide range of emotions from fear and apprehension to excitement and anticipation are common.  Very quickly, however, the time will come for you to give one last kiss and a hug, trust that you have done enough to prepare your child for this new adventure, and walk away.  You may only be apart for a short time, but that first separation can feel monumental.  The…

Four Questions Every Parent Of A Teenage Driver Should Ask

Four Questions Every Parent Of A Teenage Driver Should Ask

Most teenagers feel that they should have a new car and the ability to use it whenever they want the second that they turn sixteen.  While this is a nice fantasy, the reality is that driving is dangerous, and most teens are ill equipped to handle the pressures of operating a vehicle in stressful situations.  Teens who are handed a car on a silver platter on their sixteenth birthday may appreciate the car less, and take less responsibility for their driving decisions.  Because teens have a tendency to be easily…

Great Parenting Advice from Dad About Not Being Special

Great Parenting Advice from Dad About Not Being Special

This gem is from Cyanide and Happiness. I am giving a transcript (below the comic) because I believe there is great wisdom and truth in the words of this comic. Parenting Wisdom Son: Hey Dad, I got an F in the spelling bee and a participation award! I did good, huh? Dad: No kiddo, you did absolutely dreadful. Son: Huh? Dad: See, despite what everyone at school is constantly telling you, you aren’t special. You are special to me, because you’re my son. However, you aren’t special to everybody else….